- the art or practice of speaking, with little or no lip movement, in such a manner that the voice does not appear to come from the speaker but from another source, as from a wooden dummy.
Origin of ventriloquism
Also called ven·tril·o·quy [ven-tril-uh-kwee] /vɛnˈtrɪl ə kwi/.
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Examples from the Web for ventriloquism
And if I'm not actually alive, Kurt could bring my urnful of ashes and do ventriloquism.Requiem for a Tough Guy
June 3, 2009
"That is a fine piece of ventriloquism, any way you look at it," said he.The Shadow World
Ventriloquism derives its name from an error of the ancients.A World of Wonders
If it were made in one cell, it possessed a wonderful power of ventriloquism.Woman in Prison
Caroline H. Woods
And, after all, the ventriloquism was really all you wanted me for, eh?Elsie's Winter Trip
He is certain that he was not the dupe of ventriloquism, or any other illusion.
- the art of producing vocal sounds that appear to come from another source
C18: from Latin venter belly + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for ventriloquism
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